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A day for non-Jews

January 21, 2016

Probably the most important point about Holocaust Memorial Day is that it is not for Jews. Not specifically for Jews, we should say. The memory and lessons of the Shoah are universal, which is why HMD carries such weight. As Ian Austin writes, even in a town like Dudley, which has almost no Jewish tradition, HMD now draws hundreds and resonates across the community.

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BDS thugs in action

January 21, 2016

This is far from the first time that we have had to observe the true nature of the BDS movement. It is not just antisemitic in theory, singling out the world’s only Jewish state for boycott. In practice, that antisemitic intent is even starker, as was seen at King’s College London on Tuesday.

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Hello and goodbye

January 14, 2016

It is bad enough that the JLC delegation which met David Cameron on Wednesday contained one solitary woman, as last year. But the sheer tokenism of her inclusion was made clear by the farcical scene outside, when our reporter was approached and greeted as Hannah Brady, the UJS President, by four successive communal leaders. They had clearly never set eyes on Ms Brady before.

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Wallström’s rants

January 14, 2016

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström has demanded that Israel is investigated for supposed “extrajudicial killings” of Palestinians. She seems oblivious to what the Palestinians were doing when they were shot. They were driving their cars into crowds at bus stops, lunging at shoppers with meat cleavers and stabbing random passers-by.

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A sporting rarity

January 7, 2016

It is rare for the JC to be able to hail the role of a Jewish sportsman in one of the definitive sporting achievements of our time. But Steven Reingold’s net bowling to Ben Stokes prior to his innings of 258 was a major contribution. Perhaps now is the time to reveal some previously hidden examples.

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Needless own goal

January 6, 2016

Israel has enough real problems without having to deal with entirely self-inflicted and unnecessary own goals. The decision by the education ministry to ban from the curriculum a novel about a love affair between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man is crass and stupid.

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Normal life in Israel

December 29, 2015

It is hardly something to celebrate that in recent years both a former Israeli president and now a former prime minister have been sent down for criminal offences. But in no other Middle Eastern nation could the law run its course in such a way. Investigations were carried out, charges made, and trials concluded — and the rest of Israel went about its normal business.

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Limmud matters

December 29, 2015

As we celebrate the JC’s 175th anniversary year, this leader is a first for the paper. On Tuesday, our leader conference was held at Limmud, and its contents crowd-sourced. How appropriate that one of our community’s relative newcomers should collaborate with our oldest newspaper — both icons of British Jewry. This year, Limmud moved into a more upmarket venue.

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Not all bad, but bad

December 23, 2015

Most of us will be glad to see the back of 2015, a year that was book-ended by terrorist murders in Paris and saw the rise of knife terror in Israel. But the passing of 2015 offers little respite; the brutal truth is that 2016 is likely to be just as bad, if not worse. Daesh and its acolytes are organised, funded and determined to strike in the UK.

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Hatred not hope

December 17, 2015

For many years this newspaper was a supporter of Hope Not Hate, an organisation that had admirable aims, and welcomed its writers in our pages. But it has now lost its claim to be taken seriously. Last year it started targeting UKIP as if it was no different to the EDL or BNP. But its latest offering on supposed Islamophobes is not merely shoddy - it is dangerous.

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